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Schedule of Activities

Wednesday Evening Open House

7:30 P.M. Introduction and instruction
8:00 - 9:00 Sitting (with chanting, kinhin and reading) in Zendo
9:00 Informal Tea in the Library

Weekend Meditation Retreats

Weekend sittings are usually on the second weekend of the month, 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM on Saturday and 4:30 AM - Noon on Sunday. The next meditation retreats are May 12-14 and June 9-11, 2017.

    Download schedule for the Weekend Zen Retreat for May 12-14, 2017.

The schedule for May 12-14, 2017 is:
  • Friday, May 12:
  • Film Series: 7:30-9:00 PM The Tibetan Book of the Dead

  • Saturday, May 13:
  • 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon Zazen with chanting
    12:00 Noon -1:30 PM Lunch Break
    1:30-4:30 PM Zazen with a reading
    4:30-6:00 PM Dinner Break
    6:00-9:00 PM Zazen

  • Sunday, May 14:
  • 4:30-7:30 AM Zazen with chanting
    7:30-9:00 AM Breakfast
    9:00-10:00 AM Zazen with a reading
    10:30 AM Departure for Woodlawn
    12:00 Noon Ceremony at Sokei-an Sasaki's Gravesite
Experienced meditators preferred. Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. Bring your own meals or prepare to eat out, since food is not provided, except for popcorn and lemonade with the film. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of any meditation block.

Contact First Zen Institute staff: FZI staff.

Trip to Woodlawn Cemetery to visit Sokei-an Sasaki's grave, Sunday May 14 Departing from the First Zen Institute (113 E. 30th St) at 10:30 AM.

Zazen for members and invited guests

Morning: Tuesday - Friday 6:30 - 7:30 A.M.
Evening: Wednesday 8:00 - 9:00 P.M.